Match Report
Epsom College 1st VII vs  Reigate Grammar School
On: Tuesday, 05 Feb 2019
Venue: at Home

Lost 28-40

A game of two halves, and one where the score probably does not reflect the performance of the Epsom girls for the first three quarters. Initially, Epsom started well with good play through the court, stand out defence by Ebube Akojie (Wh) and good shooting. However, some hesitant passes by the Epsom attack were pounced on by Reigate and at the end of the first quarter Epsom were three goals behind. Team changes were made and the girls went into the second quarter strongly. They pulled back the deficit and with a run of six unanswered goals, due largely to some great shooting by Ellie Thwaites (M), took a three goal lead. Sadly, the momentum could not be maintained and Epsom struggled at times to deal with the Reigate zone defence, playing predictable passes that were easily intercepted, allowing Reigate to come back. Despite winning the second quarter Epsom remained two goals behind. Going into the third quarter the match was anyone’s for the taking. For the Epsom girls, tiredness began to creep in and movement slowed. Substitutions were made to try and keep the flow of the game going and they worked hard to try and keep pace with Reigate, but the Reigate lead was stretched to four. In the final quarter Reigate took control. Tiredness was key with Epsom’s movement poor, which led to a loss of structure, coupled with poor decision making and slow passing. Reigate did not hesitate to punish Epsom’s tired play and took the game out of reach. Despite the scoreline the girls should be really proud of their performance. It is easy to forget that they are a newly-formed team this year and playing against club players who have many years of experience playing together. This was always going to be a tough ask and they held their own for the majority of the match. To have got to the quarter finals is a fantastic achievement and with a team dominated by Lower Sixth girls, it bodes well for next year’s efforts.

Players of the Match: Ebube Akojie (Wh) and Ellie Thwaites (M)